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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Utilities: What's Your Story?

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This item is part of the Special Issue - 2019-11 - Artificial Intelligence, click here for more

Among the most exciting and fast-moving areas of the utility sector is the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and similar digital tools across each facet of power production, transmission, and delivery. In previous months, the Energy Central Hot Topic Special Issues have focused on fields like Blockchain, GIS, DERs, and Energy Efficiency, but some of the most compelling pilots and programs happening in each of those areas would be impossible without AI technology integrated into energy systems. Because of that, it's time to let artificial shine with its own Hot Topic Special Issue!

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In partnership with Bidgley, the theme for our next special issue is "Brave New World: AI and Machine Learning at Utilities," and we want to hear from you! These advanced technologies are accomplishing so much these days, from enabling demand response programs to be optimized, integrating smart grid technologies across the network, empowering managed charging of electric vehicles, helping generators plan ahead for what future demand will look like, and so much more. As impressive as the current capabilities are, we know that organizations across the energy sector are continuing to push the envelope every day. 

We invite you to share your stories:

Utility Professionals

If you're helping to bring the power of artificial intelligence to your utility's operations, we want to hear what you're doing and what you've learned. What sorts of challenges have arisen? Where do you see the use of this technology moving to next? How has artificial intelligence and machine learning optimized the product and service you're able to provide to your customers? 

Let your colleagues learn from your experiences. You can even share your current challenges; maybe a fellow community member has already faced down that obstacle and can share some insights back to you!

Industry Thought Leaders

We also want to hear from thought leaders across utilities and experts in artificial intelligence. Have you completed surveys of the industry, studied the impact artificial intelligence can have on grid operations, or developed some forward-looking insights? Share the results with our Energy Central Community to learn from your work!

For example, you might submit content on one of the following topics:

  • What abilities do artificial intelligence bring about on the grid that were previously impossible? 
  • How do leaders in the energy sector feel about AI and are there cultural issues that must be addressed first?
  • Has the customer experience been affected by deployment of AI and machine learning? 
  • What issues in the utility sector are unable to be filled with artificial intelligence and instead need traditional human intervention?
  • What does the future utility look like thanks to rapidly advancing AI technologies?

These are just some examples, but let your interest and creativity drive your selection of topic so that the Energy Central community can learn from your experience and expertise!

To Participate:
You can contribute two different ways.

1) You can send your submissions to with the subject “Artificial Intelligence 2019.”

2) Alternatively, community members can submit articles directly to the Energy Central platform using the ‘Start a Post’ button. If you choose to submit it this way, please add the tag AI 2019 (note: please do not type # in front of the tag, that will be added automatically) so we know it's for the special issue. Further, please schedule your post to go live on the site on November 29 or later to ensure your article is fresh and new for the newsletter!

Due Date for Submissions:
November 29, 2019.

Issue Date: 
December 3rd, 2019

We look forward to hearing from you!

Audra C Drazga
VP of The Power Industry Network

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Noam Mayraz on Nov 5, 2019

Audra, this is an impressive progress of artificial intelligence (AI), no doubt. 

I experienced that the most diligent approach to technical subjects - is 1st identification of issue (the industry challenge), then, 2nd, offer diligent solution options using real and/or artificial inelegance.

The grid dispatchers have great data input of the gird constraints status and demands as all change, by cycles, not minutes, and using available technologies, make educated, sound decisions.

The issue today is that the climate change / global warming hoax is driving the industry over a cliff - we are, to my dismay, following the piper w/o due process - it is the media and unscrupulous "scientists" who are after "research" budgets that causing politicians to make costly and ineffective decisions.

Replacing base-load, fossil-fueled power generation, with weather dependent "renewable" (Read: Unreliable) generation is a clear and present danger to the power grid and our way of life. 

Could you suggest an intelligence solution, artificial or real, to the current issue?  Great tools, like the AI, are not enough, not the answer, for any challenge and/or solutions, it is the human brain where the buck stops.  Thx., Noam.

Dear Audra,

Thanks for the invitation.

Please consider the LinkedIn artcle 10X Green Growth as my contribution to the special issue.

Best regards!

José Antonio 


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Noam Mayraz on Nov 22, 2019

José Antonio - I am doing a solar PV for FPL near Fort Myers, FL and hear repeated advertising that FPL is going to have a smarter grid for a better service, more reliable, higher quality, to it's customers.

To me the "a better service, more reliable, higher quality, to it's customers" must be the essence of the grid - power generation capacity, that is where the grid reliability and quality come from.  Not from the "smart" control system.  Noam Mayraz, PE.

Noam thanks for your reply.

Back in July 2019, in the tweet I introduced an experment for a new word this way:

Should Smart #GlobalDebout People = #SmartGDPeople be well above any Smart else, like #SmartCities #SmartGrid #SmartMoney #SmartPhone #SmartAI #SmartIoT, updating the story #EvolutionaryLove is Beyond Data?

Best regards!

José Antonio

Right below is my story in Spanish as our experience that begs for Systemic Restructuring before getting involved in Artificial Intelligence. 

Favor de considerar el artículo ¿Vender acciones de Punta Catalina?, con tan solo 250 palabras, publicado sin enlaces por el Listín Diario, al que por eso agrego enlaces para el acceso a dos artículos: Es una revolución y Grito Patriótico por la Interdependencia Eléctrica.

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